Humble Sea eyeing further expansion as it prepares for sixth birthday

Humble Observation, a 15.2% double barrel-aged stout aged for a range of 24-32 months with Mexican vanilla beans added
Humble Observation, a 15.2% blend of double barrel-aged stout aged for a range of 24-32 months with Mexican vanilla beans added to the barrel, is a collaboration with Bottle Logic Brewing for Humble Sea’s sixth-anniversary celebration.
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The Santa Cruz wharf could be the next outpost of Humble Sea Brewing’s ever-expanding empire; while that’s not yet a done deal, the brewery’s sixth-anniversary celebrations are definitely happening this weekend, with special suds, collaboration brews and more festivities at its Westside, Felton and Pacifica spots.

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Humble Sea Brewing Co. is on a roll as it gears up for its sixth anniversary bash this weekend.

The Santa Cruz brewery opened two new locations in the past two years — in Pacifica and at the former Cremer House in Felton. It took over the former Uncommon Brewers spot to gain more brewing space. It’s also planning further expansion, including another location in the Bay Area. And it’s eyeing a potential spot at the former Miramar restaurant on the Santa Cruz Wharf. Humble Sea has filed for an alcohol license with the state, but it’s not a done deal yet.

“We’re exploring a potential opening there, but it’s dependent on getting a lease,” says marketing director Lee DeGraw.

Humble Sea will host a big sixth-anniversary celebration at its original taproom and beer garden on Swift Street on Saturday. The party will feature the release of several new brews, including five different collaboration beers co-created with some of the team’s favorite breweries around the country.

That includes Humble Observation, a double barrel-aged stout made with Anaheim’s Bottle Logic Brewing, and a Franconian Helles-style beer made with the team at Denver’s Bierstadt Lagerhaus, a lager-only brewery.

“To do a beer of that style with them is really exciting,” says DeGraw, who notes that Humble Sea’s brewers are big fans of lagers.

Two of the collaboration beers that will be available Saturday are so-called “mega collaborations” — with Humble Sea and teams at breweries around the state all following the same recipe.

Carnival of Kooks, a double-dry hopped West Coast IPA, and Triple Carnival of Kooks, a triple dry-hopped IPA, were made made with San Diego’s North Park Beer Company, Carlsbad’s Burgeon Beer Company and Pizza Port Brewing, Oakland’s Ghost Town Brewing, Liquid Gravity Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, Riip Brewing in Huntington Beach, Slice Beer Company in Lincoln, Craft Coast in Oceanside, Monterey County’s Alvarado Street Brewing and Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach.

In keeping with the carnival theme, Saturday’s event will also include face-painting as well as food from Scrumptious Fish & Chips, Cracked Cookies and others. Special celebratory menu items will also be available at the Pacifica and Felton locations, including a Socks on the Beach beer cocktail, a funfetti cookie skillet and caramel corn.

Can’t make the event? You can order a special sixth-anniversary four-pack assortment of beers starting Wednesday at 11 a.m.